Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Dimes (1892-1916)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,342,844
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.25 (10/19/2017)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1897 S 10C MS obverse 1897 S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint more than doubled its 1896 production of dimes this year. With only a few persons collecting this series by date and mint at the time, nearly all of these dimes became heavily worn. The survivors thus consist mostly of a few lower-end Mint State pieces and coins grading G-4 or less.

Gems are very rare. Typical of S-Mint coins from the 1890s, a few prooflike examples have survived and are highly prized.

A couple of misplaced date varieties are known. On a common issue these might be attractive to collectors, but the already high prices for any 1897-S dime greatly limit their appeal.

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Last Updated: 12/19/2016

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1897 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 26.00 45.00 100.00 140 210 275 325 400 470 530 590 780 1125 1850 3600 6750 20000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1950 - 9500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 115
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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5/4/2005 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 6618 $1,006.25
4/3/2006 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 81: The Leesburg Sale, 86/Lot# 392 $1,713.50
5/31/2010 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 2863, 2863/Lot# 1361 $149.50
9/4/2011 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 991 $1,553.00
3/18/2012 NGC Details G Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/18/2012, 13/Lot# 42093 $15.00
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24440 $340.75
2/3/2013 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131307/Lot# 26694 $98.70
12/8/2013 PCGS F 15   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131351/Lot# 24531 $86.00
4/20/2014 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 187780 $759.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 10C MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1271672162783544455005536597258178741051120614722451322344126448107511110911476
140183236303384463517588681755836933110212941798270836195090788210870112310
00000051758868175583693311021294179827083619509078821087000
00000053562370378685599211541383212429654015576993161098900
1897 10C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base115151198255327412463515615678766820990113813932335308042316209104011075111109
127166217279355429480548636707784876103912231707258334634890760610517108700
00000048054863670778487610391223170725833463489076061051700
00000049758165773680293310881308202128313847554990031063400
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 990
Owner: Distman
 
Grade: VG 10
Points: 198
Owner: The Wilson Collection
 
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